(See my photos section for some pics of Megatron)
Ryan (at the time only 4 years old) and I LOVED to watch an animated series on the HUB network called “Transformers Prime”. After looking at several costumes ideas for Halloween 2012, we all decided it would be fitting to embark on a new challenge and make a full-scale costume of my favorite character – Megatron.
So we started with about 60 square foam tiles and foam sheets (similar to the material you’d find on a gym floor). It was put together by warping the foam with heat, hot-gluing the pieces together, and then spray-painting it to mirror Megatron’s metallic finish with purple (Energon) accents. It took us over 3 months to complete, and considering we had NO artistic capabilities, and had never tried something like this before, we were really happy with the outcome.
We only wore it a handful of times in October 2012. On a trick-or-treating adventure at our local Mall (see pic below), with Ryan dressed up as the arch enemy “Optimus Prime”, we were bombarded by people who wanted photos with Megatron.
Generals specs included:
– we built it between July and October 2012; over 100 dedicated hours
– 60 3×3 ft. foam floor tiles; 25 thin foam sheets; 12 cans of Plasti-Dip / Spray Paint; 22 utility blades; 14 glue burns and 7 flesh wounds
– Worn during Trick-or-Treating 2012 and Ryan’s 5th Birthday celebration on November 3, 2012
– Costume weight: 45 pounds
– Accessory – LED eyes that light up
Ultimately my goal in doing this was to create a great lifelong memory for Ryan to look back on and also teach him to never be afraid of trying new things. I can only hope I was successful!